StairMaster SM916 StepMill
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- High-quality StepMill with revolving set of 8-inch stairs for cardio workouts
- Step range of 24 to 162 steps per minute; multi-stage fitness test and CPAT test
- 10 total workout programs, including fat burner, calorie burner, and intervals
- Backlit LCD display with slot for 15-inch TV; Polar-compatible heart rate monitoring
- Measures 29 x 78 x 50 inches (W x H x D) and weighs 409 pounds; 15-year frame warranty
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Still the toughest workout in the gym, the StairMaster StepMill revolving staircase most closely duplicates the workout of real stair-climbing. Its new quieter step design improves fluidity of stepping motion and provides added cushion for joints. It includes a new easy-to-read, back-lit LCD console and new handrails which are ergonomically designed for a maximum level of intensity. Programs include a nationally recognized fitness test to gauge individual progress and a custom firefighter test (C.P.A.T. - Candidate Physical Ability Test). Also includes a Polar® compatible telemetry Heart Rate monitoring system.
For 25 years, the StairMaster StepMill has been called the toughest workout in the gym. Now you can bring that same toughness to your home workouts with the SM916. The StepMill is easy to recognize--it's the piece of cardio equipment that looks brutal compared to the others, with a revolving set of 8-inch stairs that closely duplicates the workout of actual stair climbing. Each time you mount the StepMill, the unit's electronically controlled, chain-driven alternator precisely controls the pedal descent, allowing a wide range of users to exercise smoothly within their comfort zones. The resulting step range of 24 to 162 steps per minute will strengthen your legs, boost your cardio, and challenge even the fittest of users.
The StepMill includes a pair of ergonomic handrails for support.
The backlit LCD display includes a slot for a 15-inch LCD TV.
Additional features include Polar-compatible wireless heart rate monitoring; ergonomically designed handrails for support; a water bottle holder, reading rack, and accessory tray that are positioned within easy reach; and a 300-pound capacity. The StepMill--which requires a minimum ceiling height of 10 feet--measures 29 by 78 by 50 inches (W x H x D), weighs 409 pounds, and carries the following warranties: 15 years on the frame, three years on parts, and one year on labor and wear items.
In the early 1980s, StairMaster introduced a wild idea based on the motion of climbing stairs. These days, it doesn't seem so crazy. In fact, today, stairclimbers are a must-have in any gym. Whether you're cross-training for a sport or seeking a low-impact, high-intensity workout, you can challenge yourself to any workout level. Now featuring improved articulated steps, LCD TV capability, and more ergonomic handrails, the legendary StairMaster hasn't lost a step. You can't say that about a lot of things that came out of the '80s.
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The stair stepper is about 6 feet tall and requires a lot of head room. Therefore, it is not a machine for a home gym with low ceilings! The control panel allows you to set a custom program or use a variety of standard programs. Read-outs give steps per minute, total miles, total floors, total calories, and METS. The panel is easy to use. There are two cup holders adjacent to the panel for water/liquids. You need the water because within 3-4 minutes sweat beads start popping out, and within 10 minutes your shirt will be wet. Of course, it all depends on how fast you want to go. The machine will go very slow, or when cranked up, will cause you to literally run up the moving stairs. You can adjust the step speed on the go up or down easily. The machine is quite stable with no wobble. There are two of these machines at the gym, and I frequently found one or the other was "down" for repair. I do not know how this reflects for the individual owner, as a gym machine gets used far more than a home unit would.
This is a top-notch cardio workout. Your heart has to work hard to move upwards against gravity, so you will burn maximal calories as you literally climb the hill of (endless) steps before you. Each step is about 10 inches. Climbing stairs works the quads and calf muscles exclusively, and these burn mega-calories! The side hand rails are extremely useful, as one uses them for balance and to lean on to work the upper body a bit. Ideally, the posture should be upright, but inevitably, I found myself leaning forward with weight on my forearms as the workout progressed.
There is a definite risk of injury using this machine. One could fall off backwards or trip and fall on the stairs. The shut off lanyand is mandatory when using the machine for safety.
The biggest drawback to ownership is the huge price tag. I'd have this machine if I was wealthy, but for the time being, I will use the one at the gym. Saving my pennies ... maybe when I am 80 years old I'll have enough - to get a used one.
These stairmaster machines are super tall also, would require more than an 8' ceiling because you'd hit your head no doubt. LOVE LOVE LOVE this machine!
It's huge, massive, and I'm underwhelmed with the build quality. It's also noisy. The display is not illuminated. There is also no sensors for heartrate due to the goofy design. You can't work at the top of this contraption. The notion of a flat-panel above the controls ( as in the photo) is absurd since you actually are stepping down on the second and third steps.
The number of floors is not related to your steps. It's a distance calculation based on rotation.
The steps are too shallow. I have size 9.5 feet and my heels hang off. It's too easy to step too deep and get pinched as the step comes around. You need to get down to the middle of the equipment to avoid the pinching issue.
The step are also hard to wipe off. Since you will sweat like a race horse, you ought to wipe down the equipment, and this is hard to do since the steps are heavily textured to avoid slipping. So you wind up smearing perspiration all over the steps rather than blotting it.
If I had the money to afford such an expensive piece of equipment I would surely buy something else. Like a restored 4200!
Nothing save running on the treadmill at brisk gait gives the cardio a rev like this machine!!! without the stress to the joints.
Work on show biggest loser and they use this machine when running is not viable option. One day when i hit the lotto i'll get one.
If you're considering purchasing this machine for your individual use or for your family, my recommendation would be to join a gym that has it, as it is really too expensive to justify a purchase for an individual. I go to 24-Hour and all their locations have these.